Showing posts with label granny stripes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label granny stripes. Show all posts

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Lean Green Granny Square Blanket- Finished Project

If you follow me on Spacey Facie, you may have seen a few pics I posted of a very, very bright green blanket.

I think I mentioned it in a post or two previously.

The story goes that Bear, my lovely fella, has Bear cubs of his own and the youngest asked if I could make him his own crocheted blanket.

Last year I made one for Bear in his choice and design (blue & white for Ford racing colours).  It is backed in warm polar fleece and whenever the Bear cub visited his dad, he would curl up under it when watching movies.


The Bear cub specifically asked for one in his favourite colours of lime green and bright yellow.  We went over a few different designs and he chose large granny squares in a 3 x 4 grid.

If you'd like to make one in a similar style, I simply crocheted each square with 19 rounds.

how to crochet granny square blanket
Would you believe I started it in the car on the way to Bendigo?
granny square crochet
 
Crocheting in Bunny Slippers. Yes, I am THAT person.
I then edged each square in one round of straight double crochet in grey, then one round of bright yellow in single crochet.

 
Gratuitous Fox Socks Photo

I then stitched the squares together.


The whole piece was then blanket stitched to a large piece of polar fleece to keep it cosy and warm on the back.  I did secure it at each middle point (in the junction of 4 squares) with several strong stitches in the same place to secure the polar fleece and crochet blanket. 

Let me just make a comment here about blanket stitching through polar fleece and a crocheted blanket. It sucks. Big time. My least favourite part of the whole thing. Why did I do it? Oh crap, I dunno. Yes I do. Because the whole blanket is COSIER!!!! But it takes flippin' ages!


Blanket Stitch
Let's be honest: blanket stitching through polar fleece is a bitch...
 
Then crocheting around the edge of the blanket stitch and last row of single crochet together, I crocheted one round of single crochet in grey around the whole blanket, then 2 rounds of moss stitch.  I love a moss stitch edging.

It goes something like this:

Single crochet, Ch1, skip next stitch, single crochet, Ch 1, sk next stitch etc....
Super dooper easy!

It gives such a neat pretty edging.



And it's all finished!!!  I wrapped it in a little ribbon and gave it to the Bear's cub.  He loves it!
Now the Bear can sit on the couch and watch movies with his cub with their blue & white and green and yellow blankets together. Maybe they could build a blanket fort?  Or Bear & Cub cave?



The specifics:

14 balls of 8 ply acrylic (100gm) in lime green
1 ball of 8 ply acrylic (100gm) in mid grey
1 ball of 8 ply acrylic (100gm) in bright yellow

3.5mm crochet hook

Make 12 granny squares as follows:
19 rounds of green in granny stitch
1 round of double crochet in grey
1 round of single crochet in yellow.

Stitch all squares together in a 3 x 4 grid using the yellow yarn.

Blanket stitch a large piece of polar fleece to fit.  Place a few stitches in the middle parts of the blanket so when you pick it up, the polar fleece doesn't pull away from the granny square blanket too much. Use a matching colour to the 'front' of the blanket so it's not noticeable.

Edge the whole blanket as follows:

1 round single crochet in grey
1 round of moss stitch in green
1 round of moss stitch in yellow.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Saturday Night Movies & Crochet 2015 Recap in Pictures!


If you follow my Facie page, you'd know that most Saturday nights (or Sunday nights), the Blonde Bombshell (aka BFF Emma) and my lovely Bear and I watch movies. And crochet. 

Now you and I both know that there's nothing more wonderful than curling up on the couch with a bit of tellie, or a movie and picking up yarn and hook. And drinking the tea and eating the munchies.

Sometimes we've had Ring Ins join us.  And without fail they have been all like, "So you really do crochet AND watch movies?!?" like it's the last bastion of crazy multitasking and it's as weird as if we told them AND demonstrated that we cooked a souffle AND fought off the vikings at the same time.

Most of the time I post a little Photo mosaic of whatever we're watching and both crocheting on Facie.  When the Bear joins us, he doesn't crochet. But I'm sure if he could give a car an oil change or tinker with solar panels in the loungeroom, he'd do that.

What he does do is help us unravel tangles, slowly unwind tricky yarn balls and sip his Scotch and regularly drops hints to the Blonde Bombshell to see if she'll finally succumb and watch Sharknado. He hasn't succeeded yet and probably won't after we watched Zombeavers.

So to wrap up our year in movies, I thought I'd indulge and give a recap of my photo mosaics from Facebook.  I started posting them in about mid April and unfortunately one or two are missing such as the night we watched Zombeavers...



bill murray
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: We love Bill Murray. And Wes Anderson movies. The Blonde Bombshell was making some coasters that night whilst I made a cloche hat for a friends little girl.
(18 April)
sun theatre yarraville
The Avengers Age of Ultron: We took our movie night to an actual cinema for family movie night. And we took our crochet! (25 April)

granny stripe blanket
Noah: Sorry for the funny fuzzy photo. I also had salted caramel chocolate treats. All to myself! (2 May)

kingsmen colin firth
Kingsman Secret Service: Who doesn't love Mr Darcy? Sexy monkey that he is. That's my Rainbow Scoodie nestled with a nice cuppa. (9 May)

mermaids movie bob hoskins
Mermaids: Shoop shoop shoop. Such a gorgeous classic movie! Remember how Cher only ever cooks entrees because she can't commit to cooking a whole meal? (16 May)

Eurovision 2015: No movie tonight. It was a huge magical Eurovision weekend. And what made it a huger deal was Australias invitation to participate. I was so excited I even took a dodgy photo of the tv screen. We're super equally excited that we've been invited back again for 2016! Squeeee! The Blonde Bombshell was working on the worlds heaviest and most labour intensive blanket whilst I was working on my Fan Dance Wrist Cuffs (24 May)

scandi knit scarf
From Here to Eternity: I really enjoyed this movie. Although it wasn't all about the sand pash. That scene left me with an uncomfortable empathetic feeling of sand up the clacker. Ugh. But Frank Sinatra and Burt Lancaster were delicious to watch. My project that night was my Intarsia Knitted Scarf. (30 May)


wrist cuff crochet
The Last Five Years: seemed to drag for blimmin' five years. Holy Oprah I would have rather watched 5 hours of infomercials! The BB was crocheting a gorgeous chunky cowl whilst I played around with more wrist cuffs! (13 June)

#yarnaddict
Thor The Dark World: That Saturday night I was solo and I think I was just happily sitting there enjoying Hemsworth muscles and sorting through my yarn stash. Drinking a massive cap and totally blissed out. (18 June)

netflix series
Daredevil: no, not the dumb ben affleck movie (gawd I hope he doesn't eff up batman). This was a bit of a Netflix tv show binge. The BB was absent, so Sonofagun No.1 and I tucked in. Why has he got a laptop? Because he was watching some other Avengers movie on the lappie AND Daredevil on the tellie. The teenaged version of multitasking. (20june)

cucumber sex toy
Swinging with the Finkels: have you ever thought to yourself, "Gee whizz! I wonder if Mandy Moore has ever used vegetables as a sex toy?" I haven't. But I found out anyway. I'm not sure that scene was relevant to the storyline.... I also was working on my Rainbow Granny Stripe designed by Lucy at Attic 24.(27 June)

sun theatre yarraville
Antman: Another trip out to our local Art deco cinema to soak up calorific Choc tops.  A tip for crocheting in dark places like the cinema is to take something with an easy, repetitive pattern that you don't need to look at too often.  (18 july)
 
granny rectangle crochet
Wives & Daughters (Netflix series): After smashing that Granny Stripe blanket in under a month, I moved on to my last blanket of the winter season which was a big granny rectangle in blue and white for love of my life, the Bear. (25 july)

sun theatre yarraville
Fantastic Four:  there's something about this movie where, no matter how many times they try to revamp the story, if never seems to launch. But it still made for cosy blanket making and a fun night out with the kids. (8 august)

square crochet basket
The Grand Budapest Hotel:  Another Wes Anderson indulgence. I think I was trying to figure out how to crochet a square basket in the round. By the end of the night I gave up and started playing with cottons! (1 August)

christopher meloni fridge
Wet Hot American Summer: If you haven't caught this bizarre gem of a movie yet, do yerself a fava and get on it! Then (as in 'afterwards', watch the prequel series on Netflix. I have never loved Christopher Meloni more than after I saw him humping a fridge... (15 August)

amigurumi bird
Zac & Miri make a porno: Well they tried. That night I finished one of my first little birdies. I call them 'chickadees' but still have not published the pattern.  (29 august)

Focus: Good old local soap opera star made good Margo Robbie and the fresh prince. Watch it. It's interesting. And tonight I finally finished Bears blankie. Crap that blanket took ages!  (5 Sept)

tunisian crochet
The X- Files Season 2:  Since they announced the new 6 episode special of the X-Files which is to be released in January, I have been catching up on ALL of my favourite ever tv show episodes. I also started working on a pattern I found in a magazine for a Tunisian Cardi. It's a beautiful cardigan and I'm sure the designer created it perfectly, but whatever was published in the magazine doesn't quite work out. I have already emailed them about one error, which they gave me the correction, but quickly found several other errors which ultimately decided I didn't have time to figure out or follow up on. Maybe in a few weeks I'll pick it up again :( (26 Sept)

stephen hawking
The Theory of Everything: This was kind of interesting. I actually started to read Stephen Hawkings book A Brief History of Time after this. Fascinating read! Well the first few pages were. I'm sure the rest is too if I ever get the chance to finish the book. I haven't yet figured out how to crochet AND read a book. It's the whole book holding, hook holding business. (10 Oct)

berry cheesecake
Jurassic World:  Look at that cute little bubba! My beautiful Sonofagun No. 1 turned 15, and as his party was held another night, we watched his movie of choice and the BB brought over the most delicious cheesecake! (24 October)


amigurumi fox
The Hunger Games: The BB decided it was time my HG cherry was popped. I also started working on a sweet amigurumi fox I found the pattern for in a crochet magazine.  (7 November)


crochet stars
The Hunger Games Catching Fire:  See those sweet little stars? This was my free pattern for Join As You Go Christmas Star Garland. (21 November)


egg nog
A Very Murray Christmas:  Every December we switch to Christmas movie mode, and kicked off in awesome fashion with this little gem of a special. I started working on my Axel cushion which is still a work in progress. (5 December)

kawaii
Lethal Weapon: A classic Xmas movie. Just like Die Hard. I had put aside my Axel cushion to create a sweet little kawaii felt fairy doll for my Christmas tree which I found in a copy of Mollie Makes magazine. (12 dec)

elf on a shelf totoro
Bad Santa: I couldn't believe what I was watching! It was hilarious and depraved viewing. This was our Christmas dinner and I was able to give the BB her Totoro Amigurumi which I made from a free pattern I found on Ravelry by designer Lucy Collins. It was so quick and easy to make! I was also working on a cloche hat as a Chrissy prez for one of my nieces.
(20 dec)

budgie crochet
Hunger Games Mockingjay: With Xmas finally over, I was itching to get back into the Hunger Games movies. Only one more HG left in the series! My Axel Budgie cushion is coming along nicely. (26 dec)

There we are. The year in movies. And a year in crochet!

This has been a tradition at my place for the past 4 years and I wish I had catalogued the previous years. The previous year was an absolute pearler as we indulged in many old classics such as Marilyn Monroe and Shirley Temple movies, I think somewhere in there we also watch some classic James Dean. If you've got any suggestions for me for future movie viewing I'd love to hear them! Now we look forward to the next 12 months of Saturday Night Movies & Crochet (not a very catchy title, I know).

Monday, 27 July 2015

Monday morning Catch Up

Good morning lovelies!
I've been a bit quiet on the blog front lately as my hands and brain have busy busy with crochet designing. 
I've been working on a couple of ideas and projects. 
I'm still trying to write and photograph a new wrist cuff tutorial. It's a lot of work with all the photographing, writing, editing and watermarking all the pictures!

I also have been experimenting with cross stitching on crochet! 
I love the results but still have to perfect my cross stitch technique.  I used to cross stitch when I was alot younger so am a bit rusty.
What do you think?

Cross stitch crochet

After completing my latest granny stripe blanket, I couldn't help but pile my collection up for a photo...

Granny square blankets

And here's a gratuitous 'mid tutorial pic'. 
Not very exciting but hopefully a teaser.


The Sonofaguns have been very patient with their preoccupied Mothership.
We were very proud when little Sonofagun No.2 came home with his first certificate last week.
In school assembly, he was presented with the Principals Award for Maths. He has apparently excelled in learning double digits numbers! (He is only 6!)
He came home and proudly showed his certificate to his big brother...

Sonofagun No.2 : "Hey look what I got today!"
Sonofagun No.1: "Cool! What's that for?"
Sonofagun No.2 replies with his missing 2 front teeth : " Coz I'm awesome at Maffs!"
Sonofagun No.1: "Cool. What's10 x 1?"
Sonofagun No.2 : " 3"
xox

Monday, 20 July 2015

Granny Stripe Blanket in 29 days!

There's nothing so satisfying as sewing in those final threads and cosying up under a newly finished blanket!

After a few months of wrist cuff designing, I wanted to give myself over to someone else's design and do a wee bit of stashbusting. I had SO MUCH YARN.  I needed to use it up to clear the decks a little. 

And what better than to make one of Lucys Granny Stripe blankets!

I did a quick stocktake of my supplies and found that I had all but 3 of the colours which I then picked up from a local department store and I was ready to roll!



It worked up super quickly as my stash disappeared...


Crochet blanket step by step

And I finally completed it last night! In just 29 days!





It's big enough to sit over two laps on the couch. 

So now I have a yummy new blanket to add to my collection. And I've put a significant dent in my yarn basket.

But then I saw something on TV this morning which made me reach for my phone and fire off a text to my bestie The Blonde Bombshell. She was here within an hour.

We jumped in the car and...

Yarn sale

Oh no you didn't! 
Oh yes I did!

Tunisian crochet hook

35 juicy balls of merino and acrylics!
And a Tunisian crochet hook. 

I have a copy of Simply Crochet from a couple of months ago which has a pattern for a lovely cardigan made in Tunisian crochet from merino. New project coming up!

Plus my lovely ManBear has requested a blue & white man blanket of his own. Which I'm starting tonight.

AND the rest are just to replenish the stocks or because they were groovy (neon pink and yellow!)

So much for trying to use up my yarn...

I'm joining some very clever crafters over at Handmade Monday. So pop on over there too!